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    25 points for Watanabe in his recent final game. He kept getting better as he progressed with St. Thomas More. But with George Washington, he is expected this early to fight for minutes.
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    Two men’s basketball recruits sign National Letters of Intent

    ...Watanabe is another three-star recruit who will bring solid international experience and a smooth stroke to the Colonials lineup. Originally from Japan, Watanabe averaged 13 points and six rebounds in a 26-8 season at St. Thomas More Prep, making it to the National Prep Championship game, where he scored a team-high 25 points to cap off his first season in the U.S. Back in Japan last May, the 6-foot-8 forward played for the Japanese National Team in the FIBA East Asia Championships.

    “Yuta is a very versatile player who can play several positions,” Lonergan said in the release. “He has the ball-handling and shooting abilities of a guard and the athleticism and height of a forward. We expect him to make an immediate impact for us because of his combination of skills.”..
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    I'll be expecting a Yuta Watanabe vs Kobe Paras (PHI) match-up in the US NCAA, then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judasmartel View Post
    I'll be expecting a Yuta Watanabe vs Kobe Paras (PHI) match-up in the US NCAA, then.
    That depends on several things, including choice of school, schedule, playing time and assuming Yuta is still in the NCAA when Paras enters in 2016. Not all NCAA D1 schools face each other either.

    If Paras ends up at UC Irvine, he's more than likely to see Chris Tang than Yuta in the Big West Conference.

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    http://www.csnwashington.com/ncaa/ke...e-standing-out

    Yuta Watanabe, George Washington - Getting a first glimpse of incoming freshmen is a true highlight and benefit of Kenner League action, at least for those tasked with covering college basketball. This past Saturday was my first chance to watch the Japanese native in person. The 6-foot-8 forward made quite an impression. What's quite apparent is that Watanabe has a tremendous feel for the game, both as a scorer and passer. The lefty-shooter showed decent range with a step-back corner jumper. He even stood out on a miss. Watanabe missed a layup in traffic, but was the quickest off the bounce and jammed in the putback. We're not talking about a power player at this point - yes, rather thin - but we are looking at someone who should be able to contribute immediately in GW's rotation this season.
    http://www.casualhoya.com/2014/7/19/...p-july-19-2014

    -Yuta Watanabe: a 6’8 freshman forward for GW- has been a real pleasure to watch this summer. Really skinny (listed at 200 lbs), but long and athletic with solid skills. He runs the court hard, jumps very well, can hit open 3s. As he gains some strength and experience, he is a player to watch for GW
    https://georgetown.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1661674

    Yuta Watanabe - 6'9" 205 pound freshman forward, GW, A. Wash - With greater strength work, including developing his upper body, GW may have a star on their hands; Watanabe, a native of Kagawa, Japan finished in open court situations. He plays above the rim. Can also hit spot up three balls, and will defend shooters.

    A long athletic player that stood out last year with St. Thomas More (CT) prep school, Watanabe scored 18 points. Lefty has a good feel for the game.
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    Yuta Watanabe had 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 assists in 20 minutes vs Bloomsburg (Exhibition game)





    http://www.atlantic10.com/mediaPorta...=-4&id=3523594

    http://blogs.gwhatchet.com/courtside...er-bloomsburg/

    The team’s five freshmen came out strong, contributing a combined total of 37 points, led by Bryant and freshmen Yuta Watanabe, who totaled 12 points and led the team defensively with three blocks.

    “I think individually [the freshmen] did some good things. I thought Yuta played very very well… he’s got long arms and he’s a very good defender,” Lonergan said. “He’s really talented. I think as these guys get used to playing with Yuta and he gets used to playing with them, he’s going to be a lot better a few months down the road.”

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    Watanabe with Yao Ming

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    GW defeats Grambling State: 92-40

    Yuta finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 block


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    Good read about Watanabe's experience so far:
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...ge-washington/
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    George Washington University beat #11 Wichita State for the 2014 Diamond Head Classic Championship in Hawaii.

    Yuta Watanabe had 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal.



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    Watanabe thunder jam!
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    Amazing block by Watanabe on Mike Crawford's three pointer hope to preserve GW's win over St. Louis. In this game, Watanabe drained two triples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarknessFalls View Post
    That depends on several things, including choice of school, schedule, playing time and assuming Yuta is still in the NCAA when Paras enters in 2016. Not all NCAA D1 schools face each other either.

    If Paras ends up at UC Irvine, he's more than likely to see Chris Tang than Yuta in the Big West Conference.
    From what I have heard, Paras is committing himself to UCLA, though. So what would be the chances of him and Watanabe meeting in the US NCAA?
    Me when Gilas finished dead last in the World Cup and Wesley So won a Chess championship for the United States instead of the Philippines:

    Sige basketball pa, kulelat naman sa World Cup. Kaya tayo ipinagpalit ni Wesley So sa Amerika eh.

    Are we Filipinos still on about basketball when we finished dead last at the World Cup? No wonder Wesley So left us for the States.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judasmartel View Post
    From what I have heard, Paras is committing himself to UCLA, though. So what would be the chances of him and Watanabe meeting in the US NCAA?
    Chances are still higher for UCR vs UCLA because of the conferences/regions. UCLA played UCR already this season as well. They've also played Sacramento State in past years, which is the school Taiwanese Jeff Wu is committed to.

    UCLA is in the Pac-12, while GW is in the A-10. It all depends on scheduling, perhaps it could happen in the pre-season or invitational tournament. The last chance would be in the NCAA tournament aka "March Madness".

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarknessFalls View Post
    Chances are still higher for UCR vs UCLA because of the conferences/regions. UCLA played UCR already this season as well. They've also played Sacramento State in past years, which is the school Taiwanese Jeff Wu is committed to.

    UCLA is in the Pac-12, while GW is in the A-10. It all depends on scheduling, perhaps it could happen in the pre-season or invitational tournament. The last chance would be in the NCAA tournament aka "March Madness".
    Thank you very much. Looking forward to Watanabe joining the Japanese team in the future.
    Me when Gilas finished dead last in the World Cup and Wesley So won a Chess championship for the United States instead of the Philippines:

    Sige basketball pa, kulelat naman sa World Cup. Kaya tayo ipinagpalit ni Wesley So sa Amerika eh.

    Are we Filipinos still on about basketball when we finished dead last at the World Cup? No wonder Wesley So left us for the States.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judasmartel View Post
    Thank you very much. Looking forward to Watanabe joining the Japanese team in the future.
    He was included in 2013 Japanese team. He guarded Larry Fonacier and was guarded by RDO on the other side. He was still very raw and always looked like he will fall down/trip on his own feet. With his exposure to american basketball, he will only get better.
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    Watanabe in 2011 for the Jones Cup edition then

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    J-Sports 2 will air GW's games!
    http://www.jsports.co.jp/program_guide/54955.html
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    http://www.gwsports.com/sports/m-bas...030915aaa.html

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - GW men's basketball freshman Yuta Watanabe collected his second Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honor of the season as the conference office announced the final weekly awards of 2014-15 on Monday.

    Watanabe led GW to a 2-0 final week of the A-10 regular season with a team-best 13.5 points on 53 percent (8-15) shooting, including 64 percent (7-11) behind the arc, along with 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

    The 6-foot-8 forward from Kagawa, Japan, hit seven three-pointers en route to a career-high 21 points in an 87-65 rout of UMass on Saturday. The seven threes tied the second-most in a game in program history and matched the second-most by a conference player and most by an A-10 freshman this season.

    Watanabe is the first GW player to earn multiple Rookie of the Week awards in the same season since eventual A-10 All-Rookie Team selection Lasan Kromah earned three in 2009-10. He is also the sixth A-10 freshman to earn multiple Rookie of the Week accolades this season

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